Friday, November 12, 2010

Neighborhood: Apgujeong #1

My hospital is located in Apgujeong-dong, which can be labeled as one of two things: Korea's "Manhattan" or plastic surgery area. Every single block features at least one plastic surgery hospital. Walking down the street is surreal because you'll see all these people wearing face masks to cover up their swollen faces. Sometimes, the American in me wants to flip out and run because face masks = SARS. But in between all the hospitals, there are a fair number of excellent restaurants in this area.

I spotted Tea Therapy before I went in for my surgery, but hadn't had a chance to try it until today. It's located near Ho-San Hospital (호산병원) for those who are going to cab it. In addition to the cafe that serves tea, snacks, & lunch, they also have a tea therapist on call who creates a tea specially for you and your medical needs for 30,000 won. They also have something called hydration therapy, where you can soak your feet in tea. I think it's free if you order tea, but I didn't try it this time as I was wearing tights.


When you arrive, they hand you a paper with a flow chart. You're supposed to answer the questions accordingly to determine what tea you should get. The first question asks if you're overweight.


I got the tea that's supposed to help with colds. It was slightly minty, and I think the large chunks are dates.


Their lunch menu is seasonal, so I ordered the taco rice. I was skeptical as to how it would taste, but it was really delicious. I'm considering making this on my own.


How to get there: Get off at Apgujeong Station (Line #3) and take exit #2. Walk behind the exit, so that Olive Young & Pix Dix is on your right. Walk straight for approximately 5-7 minutes until you see Piccolo Eo. Make a right. Ho-san Hospital should be on your right, next to Piccolo Eo. Take the right into the alley next to the hospital. Go straight for approximately 100 meters. Tea Therapy will be on your right.


  1. what's the white sauce? mayo?

  2. taco rice! now that is different... but i think i might try making it too! it's like bibimbap with a twist!

    i laughed out loud when i read what the first question in the survey was. What Korean girl would actually say that they're not? smh..